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By Damo R.
Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to an exciting-sounding new project based on an acclaimed sci-fi book series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group. The project has been described by industry insiders as ?Game of Thrones in space? ? not so much because of the specifics of the plot, but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that?s based on a respected series of novels.
The logline: ?A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship?s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.?
The Expanse is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. The most well-known title is probably the first in the series, Leviathan Wakes, which has been praised for reinventing and updating the old-school Star Wars/Firefly-style space opera. Syfy won a bidding war with another content producer to acquire the project.
Syfy president Dave Howe promised, ?The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy?s most ambitious series to date. Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories. The Expanse joins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects Ascension, 12 Monkeys, the renewal of Helix, and the soon to premiere Dominion.?
Amazon has come to the rescue of sci-fi TV series The Expanse
by Paul Hill
Several days ago, fans of The Expanse from all around the world were shocked to hear that Syfy had decided to pull the plug on the show. Immediately after, Alcon Television Group, which finances and produces the show, set out to find a new firm to pick it up. Amazon particularly showed some interest in the show, with CEO Jeff Bezos being said to be "a big fan" of the books behind the show, and sources stating that he was "livid" when the show was originally bought by Syfy.
At the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, Bezos today announced that his company would be picking up the show, stating:
Bezos' announcement was caught on video, you can see a clearly excited audience responding to the news.
Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, also spoke about the development, saying:
The show is currently mid-way through season three and enjoys an 8.3/10 rating on IMDb. It’s unclear whether the change in hands of the show will delay season four but the issue has been quickly resolved so hopefully it won’t be delayed too long, if at all.
Let us know in the comments whether you’ve been watching The Expanse on TV or if you've been reading the book series, which are you enjoying the most?
Source: Deadline | Image via The Independent
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By Damo R.